| | | PA Radio – Episode 233: Dr. Stu McGill

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The Gift of Injury

Fix your back pain with Dr. McGill’s book Back Mechanic! Use the code BFPfriends on any Backfitpro books and supports at BackFitPro.com.

How did Dr Stu McGill take top ranked powerlifter, Brian Carroll, from his devastating back injury in 2012 to full recovery and numerous national first place finishes? The formula: Compile your list of prerequisites for the sport, determine what you can do, and then calculate the difference. It’s as simple as putting pen to paper and yet the noise of the hacks and gimmicks make choosing the best tools possible difficult for the layman.

However, the body is often far less complicated that an athlete’s psyche particularly when that psyche is corrupted by tremendous pain. Learn how Dr McGill treats the pain by repairing the system’s mechanics AND allowing the athlete to build on pain-free ranges of motion. As Doc says, pain doesn’t reveal what you should do, but a proper assessment will. Yeah. The man is the Master Yoda of recovery.


If this episode didn’t get you pumped on learning more about how pain effects training, recovery, and mental state, nothing will. Be sure and find Stu’s book Gift of Injury on www.backfitpro.com. You can also find Stu on Facebook and IG by doing a quick search of the same.

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John Welbourn is CEO of Power Athlete and Fuse Move. He is also creator of the online training phenomena, Johnnie WOD. He is a 9 year veteran of the NFL. John was drafted with the 97th pick in 1999 NFL Draft and went on to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, appearing in 3 NFC Championship games, and for starter for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007. In 2008, he played with the New England Patriots until an injury ended his season early with him retiring in 2009. Over the course of his career, John has started over 100 games and has 10 play-off appearances. He was a four year lettermen while playing football at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric in 1998. John has worked with the MLB, NFL, NHL, Olympic athletes and Military. He travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition for Power Athlete. You can catch up with John as his personal blog on training, food and life, Talk To Me Johnnie and at Power Athlete.


  1. Joshua LaBare on November 17, 2017 at 4:43 am

    This episode was absolutely amazing

  2. The Bat on November 17, 2017 at 6:08 am

    Great episode. I hope this isn’t a stupid question but, on the part where you guys are talking about stretching hamstrings, how do we know if we should or shouldn’t? As well as other things like that, do and do not’s?

  3. Davin Butler on November 24, 2017 at 5:30 am

    Episode spoke to me like Jesus. In the Army I am up to the point of shots or worse for my DJD L4 toL1. I refuse, and I chose to work though the pain and just have to rest days, stretch, and warm up longer. No shots and no fusing, I should be back to 500 DL in few months.

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